The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning this week to drone owners and the public that placing a dangerous weapon on a drone could result in a fine of up to $25,000.
The government agency wants users to know that drones and weapons are a dangerous combination, so it has sent a notice warning the public that it is illegal to use a drone with a dangerous weapon attached.
A dangerous weapon is widely known as any element used or easily causes death or serious bodily injury.
The Federal Aviation Administration has stated: “You may have seen photos and videos online of drones equipped with guns, bombs, fireworks, flame throwers and other dangerous objects, but you should not consider linking items like this to a drone because operating a drone with such a thing can cause great harm to you and your bank account.
The agency reminds everyone in the opinion that the use of a drone carrying dangerous weapons is in violation of section 363 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2018 Reaccreditation Act.
The violation could result in fines of up to $25,000 per violation unless the drone operator has received specific authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct the operation.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) adds that state laws and other laws restricting the use of weapons may also apply to these dangerous UAV flights.
Drones are increasingly used by business groups such as Amazon and Alphabet’s Wing.
The Ministry of Transport and the Federal Aviation Administration are working with public and private sector partners, such as AT-T and local police, in some regions as part of the UAS Integrated Pilot Program.
North Dakota legislators passed legislation in 2015 to legalize the use of non-lethal weapons on police-operated aircraft.
Connecticut legislators considered a bill in 2017 to legalize the use of lethal force with drones by law enforcement.
Recent incidents of this type of aircraft have heightened public safety concerns, with the presence of drones near air routes or airports leading to the closure of airports in London, Newark and Dubai last year.